Attack Mode Boxing cofounder and coach Lonnie Haile, left, with fighter Kieran Hooks. Photo/Raymond Boyd
Lawncrest-based Attack Mode Boxing sent two fighters to compete Saturday at the Pennsylvania Golden Glove Regional Championships. The event was held at Derby Ink Gardens at 820 Spring Garden St. The two boxers who represented the Lawncrest based gym were Kieran “The Hitman” Hooks, 18, and Marquis Dacres, 25.
Hooks competed in the 152 lb weight class and Dacres was in the 200-plus weight class. They each defeated their opponents from Allentown in three rounds, and advanced to the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves State Championships in Reading on April 27. continue reading »
From left: Attack Mode founder Lonnie Haile, boxer Kieran “Hitman” Hooks, founder Rick Terrell and son Tamir, and new coach Ricky Diaz show off the belts from the boxing club’s recent victories. Photo/Shannon McDonald
Attack Mode boxing club is once again victorious.
Formerly known as Heavy Hittas, the Lawncrest-based youth boxing club was represented at the neighborhood’s Tuesday night Community Association meeting by founders Lonnie Haile and Rick Terrell, new coach Ricky Diaz and a handful of proud fighters. continue reading »
For the most part, I get by as a New Jersey resident without Northeast nostalgia making me too homesick. However, that all changes once baseball season starts going.
I’m a big Phillies fan, and living up in Mets/Yankees region isn’t simple. I get dirty looks whenever I wear my Roy Halladay shirt or when co-workers pass my cubicle and see my Phillies posters hanging up.
Making it worse, I have to pay extra money to watch or listen to a Phillies game up there (via an MLB TV package or something similar) and feel like I can barely appreciate the team for which I profess to be a “die-hard fan.” That doesn’t seem very die-hard to me.
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Liberty Belle Diamond Jones fends off a tackle during an April 2011 game against the New York Sharks. The Belles play the sharks in New York this May. Photo/Bill Achuff
The Philadelphia Liberty Belles will return to the field April 14 for another season of women’s tackle football. It’s the team’s fourth season in the Women’s Football Alliance.
Eight games are scheduled for the season, with half at home, and the Belles will play their first home game of the season at Northeast High School’s Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium on April 21.
The Belles were 2-6 list year and failed to make the post season for the first time in franchise history. The team returns this year with a partly new coaching staff. continue reading »
James Goins, or "Cory Kastle" in his last match before the seizure that lead him to brain surgery. Picture courtesy of James Goins.
James Goins, otherwise known as “Cory Kastle” to wrestling fans across the United States, was getting ready for one of his biggest shows ever when his life took a sudden turn for the worse.
On the same day Goins was to take part in a Pro Wrestling card at the Reading Phillies game last August, the Lawncrest native had a seizure in the shower, fell and hit his head on the bathroom sink.
“Usually what I do is, turn the music up really loud and lock the door. I’m home alone normally,” Goins said.
Luckily, he did not have his music on, and the door was unlocked during the time of the seizure. Goins said his mother happened to be home from work and found James wrapped up in the shower curtain on the floor, suffocating. She immediately called 911. continue reading »
Anthony Concha behind the wheel of the car he uses for rally races. Photo by Pamela Seaton.
For Anthony Concha, rally racing has always been in his blood.
“Growing up, my grandfather was really into racing,” Concha said. “He pretty much promoted it within his family.”
As a young boy in Ecuador, Concha and his cousins attended races and helped their grandfather in the pit, activities that eventually spurred into a lifelong passion for the Bustleton resident and Archbishop Ryan grad.
Today, driving is still a family affair. With the help of his brother, John, and his cousins, Concha put together a rally car in the hopes of turning his hobby into a full-time career. He bought his 2001 Ford Focus from another driver, which he later customized for prime racing condition. continue reading »
Roger Price of the Bustleton Bengals
The Bustleton Bengals Club is one of many sports organizations for boys and girls in the Northeast. The club continues to live out its mission that began in 1956. Past President and parent Vince Tarducci has been volunteering his time with the Bengals since 1997.
“It’s always been about the children from ages 4 to 18,“ Tarducci said. “We try to get them ready for high school years. We try to get them ready to be better citizens within the city of Philadelphia and whatever they do.”
The Bengals interact with several athletic organizations in the Northeast, but one thing that sets this organization apart is something it’s lacking: a gymnasium.
“When [other clubs] play us, we have to use neighboring schools Anne Frank and Baldi,” Tarducci said. “We’re fortunate to have them, but we don’t have any control over the use of those places.” continue reading »
From left: Heavy Hitta's coach Rick Terrell, Kieran "Hitman" Hooks, LCA President Bill Dolbow, Heavy Hitta's coach Lonnie Haile
Weighed down by trophies and nursing a gym class injury, Kieran “Hitman” Hooks was all smiles at Tuesday night’s Lawncrest Community Association meeting.
He and Heavy Hitta’s Boxing Club coaches Lonnie Haile and Rick Terrell had recently returned from two tournaments where Hooks came out on top. continue reading »
Lansing Knights will hold spring sports registration on the following dates:
Wednesdays – Jan. 12, 19, 26 7:00 p.m.— 9:00 p.m.
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Interested in coaching lacrosse? Lansing Knights Youth Organization is looking for a coach for its girl’s fifth- and sixth- grade lacrosse team for this Spring. Interested individuals can call 215-338-3079 and leave a message or email us at:
lansingknights AT comcast.net.